Although this was once Jack the Ripper’s east London stomping ground, the closest you’ll come to peril in today’s Whitechapel is by dining out on authentically fiery Bangladeshi or Punjabi curry. The multicultural area has them by the bucketload in joints as popular as long-standing Tayyabs – the restaurant has been going strong since 1972, doubtless thanks to its cheap eats and BYO policy. Bustling Whitechapel Market offers just as much in the diversity stakes, or you can take in culture the traditional way, with a browse around Whitechapel Gallery’s contemporary exhibitions.
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